A total of 225 Indian athletes will be going to Gold Coast, Australia for the upcoming XXI Commonwealth Games 2018. Among the various sports disciplines the Indian athletes will be participating in almost all the events barring a couple of them And as the Indian sports fans eagerly wait for the 4th of April, we hope our sports persons don’t disappoint this time around. There will also be an equal number of men’s and women’s events across all sports this time.
Indian Athletes geared up for the years biggest sports extravaganza
After a tally of 64 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the biggest ever Indian contingent of the event gears up for the 2018 Games in Gold Coast. The 225-member long Indian athletes list consists everyone from ace shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to the Phogat sisters to the sensational shooting duo of Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu. And not just these athletes, there are many unknown faces as well who are touted to achieve greatness at the games in Gold Coast Australia.
Here is a strategic break-up of Indian athletes participating across various sports events at the XXI Commonwealth Games.
(Note – Number of Athletes mentioned are only for India and not all the nations)
Weightlifting (qualification): Total 16 – Men-8, Women-8
The Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will witness some powerful legs, bulging arms and a concrete body structure of Indian athletes giving you an example of their strength, speed and determination to out maneuver the opponent. Mirabai Chanu is the one to watch out for.
Wrestling: Total 12 – Men-6, Women-6
Wrestling has always been India’s forte. And we have a host of medal hopeful, who can win India medals. Two athletes face off in a personal war on a 12m x 12m mat until one of them is down or the referee blows his whistle. At the Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre, wrestling fans shall witness the pinnacle of strength, technique, balance, and determination.
Shooting: Total 27 – Men-15, Women-12
Intense concentration, steady nerves and absolute precision is the requirement of shooting sport. The Indians are traditionally the best shooting contingent at the commonwealth games, and hope it continues at the upcoming games as well. The Belmont Shooting Centre will bring together accuracy, speed and consistency at the same stage.
Aquatics: Total 3 – Men -3
Along with the participants from other nationalities, the Indian swimming contingent will battle it out inside water in four strokes – freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. Speed and teamwork will be the critical element in the relays, while the medley will put focus on the games’ most versatile swimmers.
Athletics: Total 37 – Men- 23, Women -14
The Indian athletes as of now do lag behind other international sports stars when it comes to athletics. However, two young guns in the form of Neeraj Chopra and Tejaswin Shankar have raised our medal hope in this category. Right from sprinters to javelin throwers and from high jumpers to long distance runners, the Indian men and women will look to put their best techniques in place to produce the biggest leaps and cover the maximum distance.
Athletic fans can experience the track and field events at Carrara Stadium, marathon at Southport Broadwater Parklands and the 20km race walks at Currumbin Beachfront.
Badminton: Total 9 – Men -4, Women -5
As Kidambi Srikanth said a few days back, “This is the Golden Era of Indian Badminton”, and we agree to his statement 100%. With 3 men shuttler in world top 15 and two Olympics Bronze medallist in the Indian badminton contingent, there are lots of medal hopefuls. The sport, which has had its birthplace in India (Pune) – Badminton will be in Arena 2 of the new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre at the Commonwealth Games.
Basketball (qualification) Total 24 – Men- 12, Women-12
Hopes are ‘High’ from both the men’s and women’s team as they are improving their international performances with every tournament. The men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the indoor arenas in Cairns, Townsville and the Gold Coast.
Boxing: Total 12 – Men-8, Women-4
At the boxing event India has high medal hopes from both men and women. Mary Kom and Vikas Krishan will lead India’s charge at XXI Commonwealth Games. Showcasing a mix of speed, skill, strength and stamina, two boxers will stand toe-to-toe against each other, ready to unleash a flurry of punches and tactical moves. It will be a battle between reflexes, stamina and much more between the athletes.
Cycling: Total 9 – Men-6, Women-3
The Indian cycling team is on a high after their recent medal winning performance at the Asian Cycling championships. 23 year old Deborah Herold will lead the Indian cycling contingent at the Gold Coast Games. The beauty of a scenic Gold Coast backdrop with some of the finest cyclists will compete on roads ride in the quest for gold in both the Road Race and Individual Time Trial event.
Gymnastics: Total 7 – Men-2, Women-5
Youngsters Meghana Reddy and Gymnastic world championship winners Aruna Reddy will go for glory at the Rhythmic gymnastic events. Divided into two parts, the Artistic and Rhythmic, both will be held at the Coomera Indoor Sports Centre as sports fans will get to witness a battle of optimum balance and speed. Flexibility, strength, control and finesse are some of the attributes of elite gymnasts as they strive for perfection.
Hockey (qualification): Total 36 – Men-18, Women-18
Can the Indian men’s and women’s team secure a medal at least? Will we need to find that out at the 5,000-seat Gold Coast Hockey Centre, which will be the venue where teams will apply their speed, skill and grit in the fight to put the ball into the back of the net.
Lawn Bowls: Total 10 – Men-5, Women-5
Not a popular sport that Indians indulge in, Lawn Bowl is all about precision, judgement and strategy as players strive to exert their dominance on the green. The Broadbeach Bowls Club will host the battle between some of the top athletes.
Squash: Total 7 – Men-5, Women-2
In the previous version of the Commonwealth Games Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had won India medals, we have to wait till the 4th of April to find who will get us laurels this time around. The small rubber ball that travels at speeds of up to 280 km, and with players utilizing speed, agility, and reflexes to hit the ball in order to outplay the opponent, squash will the sport to watch out for.
Table Tennis: Total 10 – Men-5 , Women-5
A host of young Indian ping pong players have emerged through the ranks and have qualified for the event. A fast and furious sport, Table Tennis requires technical efficiency like no other sport. Inside the Oxenford Studios, a 2.74m long table with 15.25cm high net is what players will be competing on.
Para sport: Total – 6 – Men-3, Women-3
Along with professional Indian Athletes the para athletes are also geared up to bring the country laurels by winning medals in their respective sports disciplines. Up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medals up for grabs across seven sports events, which is a significant increase from the 2014 games.
The Commonwealth Games will be held from April 4 to 15 as India look to get the best-ever medals return from their largest-ever contingent, let us all cheer the Indian Athletes.